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SoundVision wins Ericsson Innovation Awards 2016

May 31, 2016  

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SoundVision of the University of British Columbia is the winning team in the Ericsson Innovation Awards (EIA) 2016.

The SoundVision team has developed a mobile device that converts 3D spatial information into sound so blind individuals can identify their surroundings more effectively. The technology can help create truly inclusive cities where every citizen is empowered, Ericsson said in a release.

The winners were chosen at the EIA grand final, held in Stockholm last week, by a jury chaired by Charlotta Sund, head of Northern Europe and Central Asia regions for Ericsson.

Jury members were HRH Prince Daniel; Ann Hellenius, CIO, City of Stockholm; Nicklas Lundblad, Senior Director & Head of EMEA Public Policy and Government Relations, Google; and Mattias Fyrenius, CEO, Nobel Media.

The EIA is a global competition that gives students the opportunity to develop innovative ICT ideas in collaboration with Ericsson experts. A total of 843 teams from 72 countries entered EIA 2016, the theme of which was city life, and four teams were selected for the grand final.

The runner-up results are as follows:

Second place – Airscapes (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: a collection and augmentation solution for crowd-sourced environmental data, which provides personalized air pollution exposure metrics.

Third place – SherPak (Polytechnic University of Milan, Italy and Frederick University, Cyprus): planar-embedded antennae that turn windows into a communication medium, supported by solar power generation capabilities.

Fourth place – Common Spoon (Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Spain): a communal kitchen, automated grocery and eating space based on micro-transactions that boost local economies, improve environmental outcomes and strengthen social bonds.

The winning team will receive a cash prize of EUR 25,000, with a second-place prize of EUR 15,000 and two runners-up prizes of EUR 1,000 each. In addition, all finalists will be interviewed for internship or full-time positions at Ericsson.


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